I particularly remember watching both movies in "Million Dollar Movies" block on a local TV channel.
This was the movie that taught me that no matter what the setup or circumstances, wherever there is love, you'll have a "family in your heart."
Back when we had cable, I saw him guest on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and his familiar presence there got me a lot more interested in the genre of improvisational comedy and appreciation for the comedians he was with. It really got me bursting into laughter when they played "Scenes on a Hat" and Robin was tasked with the scenario "What Robin Williams is thinking right now", and he said "I have a career, what the hell am I doing here?"
Regrettably, there are some more of his best works that I never got to watch, like Mork and Mindy and Dead Poets Society; I never even knew that he also played an old childhood cartoon favorite of mine in a live-action adaptation of Popeye until later, and I'm curious as to how he portrayed the sailor man.
Nevertheless, his resume speaks for his greatness, whether he is on camera in a taping or in front of a live audience.
And what endeared him to me even more was when I found out that he was a videogame enthusiast, and he was particularly a fan of The Legend of Zelda, from which the name of his daughter Zelda comes from.
I love the fact that this father-and-daughter tandem gamely appeared in promotional videos for these Zelda games.
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But alas, they're not going to get that chance anymore.
I'm sorely disheartened at the news of the passing of one of my favorite comedians of all time. Robin Williams is gone, and gone too soon. I don't care whatever the results of investigation about the cause of his death are. It doesn't matter to me how he died, but how he lived and touched my life.
I would've wanted to see him in more movies, bringing joy to legions of his fans and comedy fans in general. I'll be sure to watch Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb in December, and as much as I will laugh while watching it, I'll also probably be depressed when I realize that the man who brilliantly played President Theodore Roosevelt in it is no longer with us.
While I may be sad that he's gone, I revel in the thought that he can now meet with Mang Dolphy up there, and they are going to create one hell—er, heaven—of a comedy tandem.
Rest in peace, Sir Robin. We will see you again someday.
Now, you are free.